Media Day Quotes & Videos for BELLATOR MMA 281: MVP vs. Storley

LONDON, UK – With another historic event in London just days away, fighters from BELLATOR MMA 281: MVP vs. Storley spoke to the media today before their highly anticipated bouts on Friday, May 13 at the OVO Arena Wembley.

The main card will air live in the U.S. on SHOWTIME at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST. The preliminary card will stream live in the U.S. on the BELLATOR MMA and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channels, as well as Pluto TV at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST.

An interim welterweight world title bout will headline Friday’s card, with hometown hero Michael “Venom” Page (20-1) taking on No. 4-ranked Logan Storley (31-11-2, 1 NC). In the co-main event, MMA legend Lyoto Machida (13-6) faces Birmingham, England’s Fabian Edwards (10-1) in a huge middleweight contest.

Tickets for BELLATOR 281 are on sale and can be purchased through axs.com/uk and Bellator.com.

Here’s what the BELLATOR 281 fighters had to say:  

MICHAEL PAGE: NO.1-RANKED BELLATOR WELTERWEIGHT

“I love London and the energy I get from the supporters, my family and my team. It just feels like everyone is there for me. You guys have seen me bounce off energy, so when I get big energy I just love to show up. For me, the belt is the cherry on top, but I’m going to go out there and do what I normally do, regardless of there being a belt.”

“It’s been different [preparing for this fight]. Although they [Amosov and Storley] are exceptionally good at wrestling, there’s different styles of wrestling. I found Logan’s style more familiar to the majority of MMA fighters, versus Amosov’s style, so technically, it’s been a better adjustment. His striking is nowhere near mine. It’s not even something I’m considering for this fight.”

“I wish Amosov and his family well. Hopefully everything comes to a final conclusion and nobody is suffering.”

LOGAN STORLEY: NO.4-RANKED BELLATOR WELTERWEIGHT

“My agent called me and all of a sudden it was time to fly back to Florida and get ready for camp again. It’s a great opportunity to become world champion. Obviously it’s a bad moment for Amosov but I can’t control that and MVP can’t control that. MVP is a competitor and he’s one of the best guys for a reason. I’ve been wrestling since age five at the highest level and I’m going to go out there and give it my all with the of my ability.”

“I think it’s my time and it’s time to show the world who I am against a top fighter like MVP. We both have our gameplans: I want to get my takedowns and do damage on top. You learn a lot about each other once the fight begins, so we’ll see.”

“Obviously I think MVP has proven himself as a top guy and I don’t have anything disrespectful to say about the guy. But we’ve seen the likes of Daley and Lima get to their takedowns and I’m going to try to take full advantage of that.”

“You have to respect him. He’s a great fighter with a great record. But nobody sets up their takedowns like me and they aren’t as powerful on top as me. And most importantly, they aren’t me.”

FABIAN EDWARDS: NO. 4-RANKED BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

“I think I’ll get the best version [of Machida]. The people he has lost to are champions and a No.1 competitor. He hasn’t lost to random people who have been dragged in, he’s lost to top people.”

“I’ll stick to what I do. He’s been around for so long and he doesn’t change his game. We’re not going to see a different version of Machida. He’ll come out there and do what he does, nothing is going to change. I will be ready for his style.”

“He’s not my legend and I didn’t grow up watching him thinking ‘This guy’s great’. I came into the sport late and he doesn’t mean a lot to me personally. At the end of the day it is just another fight for me.”

“I feel like when your back’s against the wall you are more dangerous, but you are more susceptible to make mistakes. If he thinks he’ll come in a bulldoze me, he needs to think again.”

“If I go out there and finish him it will definitely make a statement. I am excited to go out there and perform in front of a crowd. With COVID I haven’t fought in front of a home crowd in three years so I’m looking forward to feeding off their energy.”  

LYOTO MACHIDA: BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT 

“I like to fight here. For me it’s a great opportunity, especially in the OVO Arena Wembley. I’m so grateful to be here. I want to enjoy the fight and the crowd and every moment that I will be in the cage.”

“I feel very good and very calm for this fight. I had a great camp. I know he’s going to be the favorite for the crowd, but what matters is the fight itself. It doesn’t matter what is going to happen outside the cage.”

“He [Fabian Edwards] is a well-rounded, dangerous fighter. He is number four in the rankings and has a good striking and ground game, but let’s see what’s going to happen. The only thing I want to focus on is my game and what I have to do on Friday.”

“I’m able to finish him, that’s why I’m here. Always when I step in the cage, I want to finish my opponent, that’s the main goal. I want to give my best and try to finish him.”

DENISE KIELHOLTZ: NO. 2-RANKED BELLATOR WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (VIDEO)

PAUL DALEY: NO. 8-RANKED BELLATOR WELTERWEIGHT (VIDEO)

LUKE TRAINER: BELLATOR LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (VIDEO)

ROBERT WHITEFORD: BELLATOR FEATHERWEIGHT (VIDEO)

OLIVER ENKAMP: BELLATOR WELTERWEIGHT (VIDEO)

CHARLIE WARD: BELLATOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (VIDEO)

 BELLATOR 281: MVP VS. STORLEY MAIN CARD:

SHOWTIME (U.S.) | BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) | Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)

Friday, May 13, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Welterweight Interim World Title Main Event: #1-Michael Page (20-1) vs.#4-Logan Storley (13-1)

Middleweight Bout: Lyoto Machida (26-11) vs #4-Fabian Edwards (9-2)

Women’s Flyweight Bout: #2-Denise Kielholtz (6-3) vs. #3-Kana Watanabe (10-1-1)

Welterweight Bout: #8-Paul Daley (43-18-2) vs. Wendell Giacomo (9-2)

 Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Trainer (5-0)vs. Simon Biyong (7-2)

BELLATOR 281: MVP VS. STORLEY PRELIMINARY CARD:

BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | BBC iPlayer (UK) |

SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV (US)

Friday, May 13, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

Featherweight Bout: #7-Daniel Weichel (41-13) vs. Robert Whiteford (16-4, 1 NC)

Welterweight Bout: Oliver Enkamp (10-3) vs Mark Lemminger (12-4)

Flyweight Bout: Kate Jackson (11-5-1) vs. Elina Kallionidou (8-4)

Lightweight Bout: Alfie Davis (14-4) vs. Tim Wilde (14-4)

Featherweight Bout: Andrew Fisher (18-8-1, 1 NC) vs Attila Korkmaz (12-6)

Middleweight Bout: Charlie Ward (9-4) vs. Alan Carlos (13-9)

Light Heavyweight BoutLee Chadwick (27-15-1) vs Maciej Rozanski (13-3)

Women’s Strawweight BoutChiara Penco (6-3) vs Lanchana Green (4-4-1)

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